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Nintendo Wii U sales surpass 400,000 units in first week

By Jos
Nov 26, 2012
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  1. Nintendo's next generation Wii U system was greeted with mixed reviews. It's a capable machine that meets the standards of modern console gaming and doesn't feel like it's pocked with omissions, the second-screen feature looks promising, and it offers a...

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  2. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,372   +407

    So much for consoles losing their popularity due to smart phones and tablets.

    I'm sure Sony and MS are looking at these sales numbers with great interest.
     
  3. BlueDrake

    BlueDrake TS Enthusiast Posts: 227   +54

    Very big interests. They don't want to fumble out of the gate, getting things properly setup last minute. I'm surprised by the whole bricked console thing, which could be a negative impact on the reputation. 360 has it's RRoD issues but still sold insane amounts, I'm hoping Nintendo has no major issues going forward.

    People don't want to get burned with a bad console repeatedly. Bricking is mostly a self caused issue, or so I see it really to be honest. Console itself being bricked by a failed update, is likely to put a scare into those wanting one for Christmas.
     
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  4. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 984   +89

    A good start for Nintendo!

    I'm a little curious what tiles are going along with the system. (Hint: Looking for suggestions)

    As I recall the Wii, and possibly the PS3 both had supply issues when they initially released to market. So the Wii's 600,000 first week sales might have been higher. It will be interesting to see if the Wii U will catch the same levels of sales hype as the Wii did.
     
  5. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 1,966   +389

    Ill buy one if it gets some fresh franchises that arent incredibly stupid and that would give me an option to play without gimmicks.
     
  6. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 3,475   +624

    So is this thing backwards compatible? I've read the Techspot review and others and no mention of it.

    If so, does it up-scale?

    Also, I swear I saw Wii 'packs' very near the $600AUD mark in the first year of release ..
     
  7. Jcanno0759

    Jcanno0759 TS Rookie

    Yes it is backwards compatible. Upscaling..... Probably not
     
  8. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 3,475   +624

    That's good. I'd buy a Wii for $100 just to play some of the random games that look interesting, but for $300 it might be worth it to buy the U.

    The question about upscaling, was actually in regards to the standard video output it comes with in the box. Does the composite video make much of a difference?

    Also, playing some of the Wii games with the Pro controller will be sweet (e.g. Super Smash Bros.).
     
  9. Scshadow

    Scshadow TS Maniac Posts: 381   +53

    About 100 of those are being offered at my local craigslist for $500. The scalper effect is in full force here. True sales are much lower. Its crap and people need to stop hyping it.
     
  10. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TS Maniac Posts: 910   +55

    It's backward comparable with Wii games and accessories but unfortunately it doesn't upscale.
     
  11. Xclusiveitalian

    Xclusiveitalian TS Guru Posts: 689   +48

    Probably would of helped the Wii U if they shipped more units, alot of people couldn't find them to buy... But it's understandable, the Wii was a lil plastic piece of junk they could build a 150 million of, Wii U requires a bit more especially with that controller.
     
     
  12. Sunny87

    Sunny87 TS Enthusiast Posts: 120   +11

    You can't use the Wii U controller for Wii games, the Wii U enters Wii mode and completely shuts off the controllers so you need to use Wii mote and classic pro controller.
     
  13. killeriii

    killeriii TS Enthusiast Posts: 213   +14

    I got one on launch day!
    New SMB U edition is a great game.
    The new controller is huge. More comfortable and lighter than I expected. Screen on it is nice to play on. (like a VERY large gameboy w/HD)
    Still plays my Tiger Woods for the Wii too! And with sharper graphics thanks to the HDMI.
    I think the future of this system will be better than the wii was, due to much higher graphics and processing power. (and HDMI finally!)
     
  14. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 3,475   +624

    Ehhh? :( Is the new pro controller wireless? I don't see how that would be a problem, plus it looks pretty much the same as Wii Pro controller.

    I don't care much for the screen-controller, but playing Wii games on the Pro would be awesome.
     
  15. Sunny87

    Sunny87 TS Enthusiast Posts: 120   +11

    The new Wii U pro controller is wireless but the classic controller Pro plugs into the Wii mote, When the Wii U is in Wii mode it will not use any of the Wii U controllers as the system is in a different state, a bit like when the Wii enters Gamecube mode you cannot use Wii controllers for Gamecube games.
     


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